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  1. Hi everyone! Does anyone have any experience using a tracking platform for a Dob telescope? I bought an Orion XT8 earlier this year. I mainly observe but I also like to do some planetary imaging with the XT8. I have occasionally seen the EQ-TECH tracking platforms online for around $200-$250 and i'm just wondering how easy they are to operate and are they worth the money? Right now i'm just letting what I observe drift across the field of view giving me a few seconds of capture before having to nudge the telescope again.
  2. I'm hoping to try out my XT8 for the first time tonight if the forecast stays partly cloudy. Pretty much constant rain for the last week! I Appreciate the reply gosnold!
  3. Wow that is an incredible shot of Jupiter! That is very promising indeed. I bought a Gosky phone mount so I plan on trying it out soon. The weather is meant to be bad for the rest of the week here! I have a Samsung smartphone that will shoot HD video and it has exposure settings etc for regular pictures. Do you have any issues with the camera weighing the telescope down? The mount + phone is fairly heavy. Thank you so much for the reply!
  4. Currently I do not have the 350d or neximage 5 which is why I was asking about using a point and shoot camera with an eyepiece mount. The Orion XT8 is fully manual with a dobsonian mount no kind of tracking or GO-TO features of any kind. I was very happy with the results I got with the Celestron Neximage 5 and my old 90mm Meade Refractor which also had no tracking or GO-TO features. This new telescope is mainly for visual use but I just wanted to see if anyone has any experience using a point and shoot camera up to the eyepiece regarding the quality of the images you can attain that way. I appreciate the reply!
  5. Hello fellow astronomers! It has been a while since I have posted on here. Over the last couple of years I have been slowly upgrading telescopes and yesterday I put together my brand new Orion XT8 Dobsonian telescope. It is the standard model without GO TO features. I managed to take some nice pictures and video with a Canon 350d and a Celestron Neximage 5 with my old telescopes which were also not GO TO capable. I sold the Neximage 5 a while back. Okay so this is my main question. Would I be wasting my time and money buying an Orion Steadypix Pro or similar eyepiece camera mount using a point and shoot Nikon camera? Am i better off saving that money and putting it towards another laptop and eyepiece camera? Will planets be completely washed out etc with the small amount of changeable options on a point and shoot? Definitely on a strict budget for now after just purchasing this new telescope and accessories, otherwise I would happily go ahead with the latter option. Any advice is greatly appreciated! The vast amount of knowledge provided through this website is amazing!
  6. Like others I was honestly expecting you to say you are 70-80 years old, even then it's never too late. I'm in my mid twenties and I had my first telescope less than a year ago, it truly is a very rewarding hobby. Good luck to you and clear skies!
  7. Thanks for the replies! Great image steviemac500! I tried again tonight and I feel like I'm definitely making progress! Let me know what you think.
  8. I'm using a Meade Infinity 90mm at the moment with manual controls, I don't have that telescope anymore. Maybe one day I will splash out on a Celestron NexStar or similar telescope. I might try out my Barlow next time, though I'm sure it will be challenging without tracking. Thanks for the comment, any advice is always appreciated!
  9. I have recently upgraded my camera to a Celestron NexImage 5, that paired with a little more experience is giving me better results! These images were taken with a 90mm Refractor and the NexImage 5, untracked with manual controls. Thanks for the info everyone, I haven't been on here in a while but very much appreciate it!
  10. I'm using the standard settings in Sharpcap & iCap, changing various settings like gain, contrast & frame rate etc. I know there are lots of variable factors but I wondered if someone could share what settings they are using, this might point me in the right direction. If the weather holds out I will give it a go tonight and post an image. Thanks for the quick replies!
  11. Hi everyone, I could really use some advice on imaging. At the moment i'm using a 4" Meade Go To Refractor and I recently bought a Celestron Solar System Imager. When i'm trying to capture Jupiter any video I capture seems very washed out with very little contrast. Processing in Registax doesn't seem to be doing much because i'm barely capturing any detail in the first place, i'm pretty sure my settings are just wrong in Sharpcap & iCap. Would really appreciate any advice.
  12. Thank you for the advice, I ended up ordering the Celestron Omni 2x Barlow.
  13. Both the Omni & the X-Cell LX have very good reviews, the X-Cell LX is tempting! Thanks for the reply!
  14. Hi everyone, hopefully someone here will have some experience between the two. I have been slowly replacing my standard eyepieces with Plossl ones, and I think it's time to buy a decent Barlow. I am considering the Celestron Omni Barlow & the Celestron X-Cell LX Barlow. The X-Cell LX is nearly twice the price, is it worth the extra money? Any advice on the matter would be greatly appreciated, maybe I am overlooking a better Barlow in the same price bracket?
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